Southeast Kansas Sheriff's Office Trades Bus

COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) _ A sheriff's office in southeast Kansas has traded in a bus that hasn't been used since it was obtained last year during a trip to Florida.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Terry Clugston Jr. says the bus and six damaged patrol cars were traded for a 2005 patrol car and two light bars.

Sheriff David Groves said during the last election that the bus represented problems in the department, including a lack of accountability, that he planned to address.

The bus was obtained in May by a previous administration when five members of the department flew to Orlando, Fla., then drove the bus to Kansas. The bus was apparently free, but other costs for the trip came to $1,882.26.

The department never explained the trip to Cherokee County commissioners.

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